Eagan resident Mike Obermueller announced on Wednesday that he will seek a rematch against incumbent Rep. John Kline (R). But first, the former state representative will have to overcome another Democratic challenger: Sona Mehring.
"I proud of the work we did last year in our run for Congress; we ran a positive, competitive campaign," Obermueller said in a video announcement posted to Youtube. "On the farm where I grew up, i learned pretty early on that you don't quit working until the job is done, and the job of getting a better representative in this district is far from over."
Obermueller, a former state representative, ran against Kline in the 2012 election, following a congressional redistricting process made Kline's traditionally conservative district more competitive.
Last fall, Kline received 193,587 votes, or 54.01 percent of the total votes cast. Obermueller received 164,335, or 45.85 percent.
The Second Congressional District, identified as a battleground district in 2012, will again be at the top of national Democrats' priority list in the 2014 cycle, Obermueller said in a news release. The district was listed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red-to-Blue” list in 2012, and is expected to make the list again in 2014, according to the release.
Obermueller and Mehring will both seek Democratic endorsement in the upcoming election, according to a report in the Star Tribune.
Obermueller lives in Eagan with his wife Sara and their two teenage sons. He volunteers at St. Thomas Beckett Catholic Church, as a youth basketball coach and is an active member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.